Time is running out: Florence is approaching the southeastern United States.

Time is running out: Florence is approaching the southeastern United States.

Time is running out of the expected trajectory of Florence, a huge hurricane that has in its sights a region of more than 10 million people on the coast of the southeastern United States.

The meteor lost some strength to become a category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour (110 miles per hour) after having reached Category 4 with winds of 225 kph (140 mph), and it is possible that become weaker as it approaches the coast, meteorologists said. The authorities warned that Florence has a huge wind field that has been increasing, raising the risk of floods on the coast, which make it an extremely dangerous storm.

"Do you want a concrete train or truck to run over you?" Asked Jeff Byard, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Carolina Beach, in North Carolina, is devastated by the proximity of Hurricane Florence on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

Carolina Beach, in North Carolina, is devastated by the proximity of Hurricane Florence on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

Florence could land on Friday afternoon near the Carolinas border and then continue westward with heavy rainfall and possible catastrophic floods that could devastate homes, businesses and farms, the National Hurricane Center said.

In the areas for which hurricane warnings or warnings were issued, there are 5.25 million residents, and 4.9 million more people live in areas under warnings and warnings of tropical storm, the National Meteorological Service said.

President Donald Trump praised the government's preparations and asked the population to move away from the Florence route: "Do not play with it. It's great, "he said from the White House.

At 2:00 in the morning (EDT) on Thursday, the hurricane was about 378 kilometers (235 miles) southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 450 kilometers (280 miles) east southeast of Myrtle Beach, in South Carolina, and moving northwest at 28 km / h (17 mph).

It was not clear how many people vacated the area, but the notices affected more than 1.7 million in the Carolinas and Virginia. The airlines canceled at least 1,000 flights. Home Depot and Lowe activated emergency response centers to bring generators, trash bags and bottled water to their stores before and after the storm. The two chains of materials said that in total they sent about 1,100 trucks.

With AP information

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